art pop

Pop América, 1965–1975

September 21, 2019 - December 8, 2019
Main Gallery

Despite the wide appeal of Pop art’s engaging imagery, the broader public remains unaware of the participation and significant contribution of Latin American and Latino/a artists working at the same time and alongside their U.S. and European counterparts.  Pop América, 1965-1975 is the first exhibition with a hemispheric vision of Pop. The exhibition will make a timely and critical contribution to a more complete understanding of this artistic period.

Pop América will feature nearly 100 works by a network of Latino/a and Latin American Pop artists connecting Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Cuba, Mexico, Peru, Puerto Rico and the United States, introducing new historical frameworks that will reshape debates over Pop’s political neutrality, social inclusiveness and aesthetic innovations in the United States. The artists in the exhibition create a vital dialogue that crosses national borders, and include Judith Baca, Luis Cruz Azaceta, Jorge de la Vega, Andy Warhol and Roy Lichtenstein, among others. United by the common use of Pop’s rich visual strategies, the artists made bold contributions to conceptualism, performance and new media art, as well as social protest, justice movements and debates about freedom. 

Pop América will open in October 2018 in San Antonio, Texas, at the McNay Art Museum, which is partnering with the Nasher Museum to stage the exhibition. It will be on view at the Nasher Museum between February and July 2019 before traveling to the Block Museum at Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois, between September 2019 and January 2020.

Image: Elena Serrano (artist) and OSPAAAL (publisher), Dia del guerrillero heroico (Day of the Heroic Guerrilla) (detail), 1968. Offset lithograph on paper, 19.5 x 13.56 inches (49.4 x 34.5 cm). Collection of the Prints & Photographs Division, Library of Congress, Washington DC. Gift of Gary Yanker, 1975–1983.